Gull Lake is kicking out walleyes in 18 to 33 feet of water during the day and in 5 to 10 feet of water at night. Jigs tipped with rainbow minnows are your best bet during the day, while crankbaits have been a productive option at night. Anglers working Pelican Lake are finding walleyes to be active in 20 to 40 feet of water. Look for consistent crappie action on Upper Gull Lake in 10 to 20 feet of water and off the weed edges on the Merrifield end of North Long Lake. Sucker minnows continue to fool a lot of northern pike on Round Lake and Gull.
Look to Lake Bemidji for walleyes in 20 to 30 feet of water during the day. At night, the shallow shoreline and current area near the river has provided decent walleye activity.
Live bait rigs or jigs tipped with redtails or rainbow minnows are producing walleyes in 12 to 24 feet of water on Cross Lake and the Whitefish Chain. Numbers of small to medium-sized northern pike are hitting in these areas as well. Look for crappies and sunfish to be suspended in 12 to 14 feet of water on most area lakes.
Comstock Lake is producing crappies in 18 feet of water. On Fish Lake, anglers are finding a few crappies as well. The best walleye bite is still taking place on Island Lake in 30 feet of water. Salmon action along the north shore has been limited over the past week.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
The Lighthouse Gap area has produced limits of walleyes in 16 to 18 feet of water on white jigs and minnows. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes and sauger have continued to hit in 20 feet of water. Northern pike, crappies, jumbo perch and muskies also have been active at the Angle. Limits of walleyes are common from the Rainy River in 12 to 14 feet of water. Look to the Birchdale area as one of the better spots. Sturgeon are being caught on nightcrawlers in the deeper holes of the river.
The walleyes being caught have come from very deep water. Jigs and minnows are your best bet in 25 to 40 feet of water, just off the main lake bars and humps. Look to the north end of the lake for suspended crappies over deep water. Sunfish have been tough to find over the past week.
Walleyes continue to hit in 6 to 12 feet of water along the north shore. The points seem to be holding the majority of fish, although they remain scattered throughout the entire shoreline area. Numbers of keeping size perch and northern pike, many of which are in the 8- to 12-pound class, are being caught right with the walleyes.
The best concentration of walleyes seems to be on the hard-bottom areas of the lake in 8 to 11 feet of water. Ottertail Point, Pine Point and the Hardwoods have been a few of the better areas.
The anglers who have continued to go out are finding the walleye action to be consistent. The shallow rock and shoreline action is still the best bet with crankbaits, minnows or slip bobbers and leeches working best. Perch continue to be caught on the rock piles and around the islands. Muskie and northern pike action has slowed just a bit, although the fish being caught have been nice-sized.
The few anglers going out are finding walleyes on Potato Lake, Fish Hook Lake and Island Lake in 15 to 20 feet of water. Look to Fish Hook and Big Mantrap Lake for numbers of northern pike.
Look to the reefs throughout the main lake for steady walleye action. The Rainy River has been red hot as well. Jigs tipped with minnows are providing good action from the Shorewood area to the golf course.
Pearl Lake is producing a lot of walleyes, although you'll have to sort through numbers of small fish here. Numbers of eating size northern pike also remain active here. Look to lakes such as Horseshoe, Rice and Koronis for walleyes as well. Crappies continue to be caught on Schnieder Lake and East Lake. Look for suspended fish over 18 to 25 feet of water.
In the northeast metro the St. Croix River continues to produce walleyes on crayfish-colored crankbaits in shallow water. Look to Clear Lake for a few walleyes as well. Northern pike and muskies are hitting on White Bear Lake, Bald Eagle and Forest Lake right along the remaining weed edges.
In the northwest metro the Crow River continues to produce a few walleyes on jigs and minnows. The few anglers fishing Lake Pulaski are hitting walleyes in 20 to 30 feet of water.
In the southwest metro the Minnesota River is kicking out walleyes in its deeper holes and on any sand area. The north side of Parley Lake is producing crappies and a few walleyes. The south side of Lake Auburn is a safe bet for sunfish in 9 feet of water. Look to North Reef, Red's Reef and Pilsbury Reef on Lake Waconia for consistent walleye activity early and late in the day.
On Lake Minnetonka look to the channel areas at night for walleyes, and in 22 to 30 feet of water during the day. The few anglers who have gone out continue to consistently catch plenty of good-sized walleyes. Crappie action has picked up over 22 feet of water, but look for suspended fish. Northern pike are an easy catch throughout the lake in 8 to 12 feet of water.
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